U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was recentlyÂ interviewedÂ about Syria. Â While many of his assertions can be debated, one especially requires a response.
Throughout the interview, he repeatedly insisted that, if Bashar Assad would only leave power, everything would go well â?? especially for all of Syriaâ??s minorities.
In his words: â??I believe that a peace can protect all of the minorities: Druze, Christian, Ismaâ??ilis, Alawites â?? all of them can be protected, and you can have a pluralistic Syria, in which minority rights of all people are protected.â?
Elsewhere in the interview, Kerry declared that â??The world would protect the Alawites, Druze, Christians, and all minorities in Syria after the ousting of Assad.â?
The problem here is that we have precedentÂ â?? exact precedent. Â Weâ??ve seen this paradigm before and know precisely what happens once strongman dictators like Assad are gone.
AsÂ demonstrated in this article, in all Muslim nations where the U.S. has intervened to help topple dictators and bring democracy, it is precisely the minorities who suffer first. Â And neither the U.S. nor â??the worldâ? do much about it.
After the U.S. toppled Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, Christian minorities were savagely attacked and slaughtered, and dozens of their churches were bombed (see here forÂ graphic images). Indeed, Christians have beenÂ terrorized into near-extinction, so that today, a decade after the ousting of Saddam, more than half of them have fled Iraq.
The â??worldâ? did nothing.
Ever since U.S.-backed, al-Qaeda-linked terrorists overthrew Libyaâ??s Qaddafi, Christiansâ??including Americansâ??have been torturedÂ and killed (includingÂ for refusing to convert), theirÂ churches bombed, and theirÂ nuns threatened.
Not much â??pluralismâ? there.
Once the Muslim Brotherhood replaced Mubarak in Egypt â?? and all with U.S. support â?? the persecution of Copts practically became legalized,Â as unprecedented numbers ofÂ Christiansâ??men, women, and childrenâ??were arrested, often receiving more than double the maximum prison sentence, under the accusation that they hadÂ â??blasphemedâ? Islam and/or its prophet.
Not only did the U.S. do nothing â?? itÂ asked the Coptic ChurchÂ not to join the June Revolution that led to the ousting of the Brotherhood and Muhammad Morsi.
In short, where the U.S. works to overthrow secular autocrats, the quality of life for Christians and other minorities takes a major nosedive. In Saddamâ??s Iraq, Qaddafiâ??s Libya, and Assadâ??s Syria (before the U.S.-sponsored war), Christians and their churches were largely protected.
Today, Syria is the third worst nation in the world in which to be Christian, Iraq is fourth, Libya 13th, and Egypt 22nd.Â Such are the fruits of U.S. intervention in the name of â??democracy.â?
So how can anyone, especially Christians and other minorities, have any confidence in Kerryâ??s repeated assurances that religious minorities will be safeguarded once secular strongman Assad is gone â?? and by the â??worldâ? no less â?? leading to a â??pluralisticâ? Syria?
And from an American point of view, what are we to make of Kerry?Â Is the U.S. Secretary of State that deluded and detached from reality, or, as Russian President Vladimir Putin once said of him, also in the context of Syria: â??he is lying and knows he is lying. Itâ??s sad.â?